A companion to the upcoming book of similar title, this blog gives recipes to make your own homemade and healthy Meals Ready to Eat. Whether you prepare these for survival in emergency situations or to provide healthy meals for work and camping/backpacking, or if you just need portion control for your diet, there are recipes here for nearly everyone! // ALL ingredients are dehydrated or freeze-dried, or shelf-stable, and all recipes are for one serving. // At least ONE new recipe will be added each week.

MRE RECIPE: Flax Protein Crackers

I hate buying crackers, with all of those chemicals and such in them.  Plus I like to get a bang for my buck.  With prices rising on lots of items, I needed to pull out my Flax Cracker recipe and give it some twisting.  This is the result.

2 cups ground flax seeds
2/3 cups whole flax seeds
½ cup fava bean flour [or almond flour]
1 tbsp amaranth seeds
1 tsp salt (we leave this out sometimes)
1 tsp spice/herb (Italian seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, rosemary, etc)
2 cups [more or less] of water.)

Combine all ingredients. Use more or less to get a nice thick consistency.  Line 2 dehydrator trays with parchment paper or roll-up sheets that fit your dehydrator. Spread batter evenly on the trays, using the back of a spoon. Dehydrate (for raw, keep under 115 degrees F.) for 2 hours, then reduce to 105 degrees F. for the rest of the time. After 4 hours, use a knife to score the crackers to where you want to separate them later. When they are dry enough to hold their shape (maybe 8 hours), remove and break them along the scored lines, then turn over and put directly on the tray (no parchment or liner this time). Finish dehydrating until crispy dry (the dryer they are, the longer they will last so go for NO moisture left). Store in an air-tight, moisture-proof, dark container.

NOTE: When we are conserving electricity, I put these in the solar dehydrator that I got for my last birthday.  (Yes, I asked for it!)  It's a bit of a pain to go outside, unhook it from where it's hanging, bring inside, score or turn the crackers (or other foods) over, and put it back outside, but I feel good knowing I have a way to preserve food when our electricity is down.

NOTE: For a sweeter cracker, leave out the savory herbs and add some applesauce and cinnamon. Delicious with a little peanut butter and a slice of apple.

ANOTHER NOTE: IF you are stocking up because of the weather and bird flu problems, please remember to add the above ingredients to your list of items to purchase. Being able to make your own crackers could be a family project when there's nothing to do, and you need that crunch.

COPYRIGHT (C) 2015 Vikki Lawrence
Do not copy or distribute this recipe as it is a TASTING recipe for Vikki's book. If you try this receipt, please leave comments below ass to whether you liked it, did anything different, etc. Thank you.

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